Will our children be able to write in the future? #learning #technology

Learning Technology

Let us not forget…

This reboot comes to you from a MacBook Pro and has been researched, created and delivered in our usual digital way. But there is a risk with this “technology efficiency.”

Paediatric occupational therapist, Sally Payne (Heart of England foundation NHS Trust), is raising awareness of the impact of technology on the next generation’s learning and development.

The impact of touch screen technologies, voice activation and motion capture devices is that our children are not developing fine motor skills that affect their ability to hold a pen and write.

Children coming into school are being given a pencil but, increasingly, they are not able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.

To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers.

Sally Payne

Early childhood development is often through play and the physical interaction that they can bring such as building blocks, craftwork or moving toys. The advance of technology is often aimed at reducing the effort that we bring to initiate a response or action. This is where the conflict is and the potential risks for our young…

Let us not forget that how we got here; let us continue to celebrate those with these manipulative skills from the sculptor to the musician. Let us act responsibility and guide our young generation so that they embrace technology while developing the skills that we take foregranted.

As a side note, it is interesting how the leading tech players, Apple, Google and Microsoft are heavily investing in Education and influencing our young learners. Let us hope that they too act responsibly and provide the resources that support childhood development and not suffocate it.

Read original Guardian article here


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